Public health takes precedence; get vaccinated

I rarely agree with Sid Schwab, who cannot compose a sentence without somehow working in blame for everything wrong in the world on Donald Trump, But in this case he is right: Those people who are opposing masks and vaccinations for school children are wrong.

When I was attending grade school in Phoenix, Ariz. in the 1940s, during WWII, the last war that America fought to actually win, the school sent a notice home with every student of applicable age, informing parents that all children attending school the next day would be vaccinated against smallpox.

Any parent who did not want their child vaccinated could keep that child out of school that day. However, that child would not be allowed to return to school unless he or she was vaccinated or otherwise prevented from being vaccinated for medical or other appropriate reasons. I attended school the next day and was vaccinated. I spoke with a friend who lived here locally and attended Everett Schools at the same time and he said he recalls it being the same here.Smallpox has been virtually eliminated in this country as a result. It should be the same now everywhere in the country for vaccinations and other safety measures prescribed against covid, including masking. Public safety takes precedence over their petty squabbles.

Frank A. Langley

Lake Stevens

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